Here we are rolling along to the end of “Black History Month,” a time where we should be making sure that we remember and include contributions of Blacks to the country. All too often the contribution of blacks has been ignored and there can be a case to be made that we need to educate people that Black Americans were more than just chattel and slaves.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
Character, not color of skin is what we should be looking and building toward. We should come together and share our histories, our pasts, our struggles and our triumphs not to divide us, but to unite us as Americans (without and daggone hyphens.)
So while 60 years ago people were marching in the streets for inclusion, equality and against segregation, today we have people that are fighting for the opposite. (more…)
This is long (over 11 minutes) but rather cool if you like special effects and movies.
This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced! So time to update our VFX award video from last year. We have added the winner from last year, this year’s nominees, and a whole bunch of great updates throughout the video entirely. Enjoy!
There is really no preface that we can give to this mind-boggling story. We’ll just let the reporting speak for itself for now.
Scott Magee, who is blind, filed a lawsuit in May alleging that only offering service to customers in cars at drive-thru windows when the interior of the store is closed is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday that despite McDonald’s attempts to have the case dismissed, Magee can go forward with the suit, which seeks class-action status.
“Most Americans have the experience of driving through a drive-thru and ordering for themselves,” said Roberto Luis Costales, the New Orleans-based lawyer representing Magee in the case. “That’s an experience Mr. Magee doesn’t have.”
Most people know that you can’t walk up to a drive through even when the lobby is closed. It’s a safety issue. You don’t want people get run over by vehicles.
This is something that Costales knows and acknowledges:
The suit isn’t asking McDonald’s to allow people to start walking through drive-thrus. That’s unsafe, said Costales, who also has an office in Chicago.
Most fast food places have drive through services at night because it offers a service to the public but still protects the employees. If there is a problem, all that employee has to do is duck and let the window close on the customer. The window is not big enough for the customer to crawl through, to everyone remains safe. Furthermore, you don’t want people walking through the drive through, especially at night, because of previously mentioned safety issues.
In 2011, after some people had complained that their doctors were asking questions of them concerning firearm ownership, the State of Florida passed the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA).
The law made it illegal for doctors to ask patients questions concerning firearm ownership effectively muzzling doctors in an area the American Medical Association says is a concern.
Doctors sued the state saying the law was a violation of their First Amendment rights. Other provisions in the law such as recordkeeping, inquiry, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment provisions of the law were also the subject of the lawsuit on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.
The lawsuit took on the name of “Docs v. Glocks.” Catchy, eh?
A district court held the law was unConstitutional.
The State appealed, winning the next two appeals in front of a three person panel at the Eleventh Circuit.
Facing another appeal, the Eleventh Circuit decided to hold a hearing en banc where all the judges were present. That appeal was heard in July of 2016.
Last week, on February 16th, the full Eleventh Circuit released its opinion and held that the law was indeed unConstitutional saying: (more…)
After this past weekend, it can truthfully said that college lacrosse is back in full swing.
Below is going to be one of the year’s best goals and it only happened a few days ago. On Feb 8, Johns Hopkins was playing the Naval Academy when Hopkins pulled off “the ol’ hidden ball trick.”
It’s a thing of beauty.
Johns Hopkins midfielder Joel Tinney fakes a flip to teammate John Crawley for a hidden ball trick that fools enough of the Navy defense to leave the goalie totally unaware and enables Tinney to bomb it into the net from a step outside the box.
For those who think that this was the goalie’s fault, it’s not. The goalie cannot really see if the exchange between the two Hopkins players took place. (The ball is white and in white crosses with white webbing.) It’s up to the defender to call out where the ball is. He didn’t and the resultant 40 yard laser beam goal was the result.
All we can say is “thank goodness lacrosse is back!”
This is one of the strangest and most frightening stories we have ever written about.
It all starts in the town of Charleston, Indiana – a small town of about 7,500 people and about 11.5 square miles. The Town sits across the Ohio River and 18 miles away from Louisville, Kentucky. After a new bridge was built across the Ohio, Charlestown was seen by a developer and perhaps some in the City Government as a perfect “bedroom community” for Louisville.
A developer by the name of John Neace saw an opportunity in developing a 350 home community within Charlestown called “Pleasant Ridge.” Neace calls his company “Pleasant Ridge Redevelopment.”
(The name of the company should give people some hint about his targeted plans of land acquisition.)
But the 350 homes present a few problems. Buying the homes would be extremely expensive even if the City used the Kelo decision and eminent domain to buy the homes for the Neace and Pleasant Ridge Redevelopment. Even more, Indiana is one of the states that enacted “anti-Kelo” measures which make it against the law for a government to use eminent domain to force people to sell their property for a private company to develop.
The homes themselves were built during World War II as housing for workers in a nearby munitions plant that has long since closed. The structures are rather small, aren’t built on slabs, and only have an appraised value of $25,000 – $45,000. The people who live in the homes are not wealthy with a household median income of $43,000.
So what is a developer to do? What can the City who wants the developer to get the properties and a new, upscale development in their city do?
O’Neil recorded a teacher’s rant concerning the presidential election. The College says that recording is against their policy of making recordings on campus.
(That, of course, can’t be totally correct as there is no expectation of privacy for someone walking out and about in public. The real issue is whether the college can say a student cannot record an incident in class that has nothing to do with an academic lecture on the class’s subject matter which was “human sexuality.”)
The rant had nothing to do with the course material and ironically, although the rant was full of “hate speech” toward conservatives and people who had voted for Donald Trump (unless you consider being called a “terrorist” an act of love and acceptance) the rant was characterized as trying to make sure people felt “comfortable” and in a “safe space.”
Everyone except for people who believed and acted as O’Neil did.
O’Neil is a member of the Orange Coast College’s “College Republicans” and had campaigned on campus for Donald Trump. He had worn tee-shirts to classes supporting Trump. So when a teacher by the name of Olga Perez Stable Cox started to go off on people like O’Neil, he felt – and we believe rightfully felt – that he was being attacked by a teacher who controlled his grade in the course. A student making an ethical charge against a teacher is a tough thing to sustain. So in the middle of the class, O’Neil started recording the rant. When the teacher finished her diatribe, he put the phone away. (He recorded only 2 minutes of what was a 20 minute diatribe.)